Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
636,256
1.53% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
37.7
0.266% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
13.2%
7.4% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$64,745
3.94% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$245,100
8.4% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
316,614
0.492% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Durham-Chapel Hill, NC had a population of 636k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $64,745. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC grew from 626,695 to 636,256, a 1.53% increase and its median household income grew from $62,289 to $64,745, a 3.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (55%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25.7%), White (Hispanic) (6.61%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.5%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.08%).

None of the households in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

92.9% of the residents in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9,964 degrees awarded in 2020), Duke University (6,971 degrees), and North Carolina Central University (1,761 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC was $245,100, and the homeownership rate was 62.9%.

Most people in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC is home to a population of 636k people, from which 92.9% are citizens. As of 2020, 11.6% of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC residents were born outside of the country (73.8k people).

In 2020, there were 2.14 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (350k people) in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 163k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 42k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

92.9%
2020 Citizenship
92.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 92.9% of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC was 92.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    350k ± 336
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    163k ± 1.24k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    42k ± 1.96k
11.1%
Hispanic Population
70.9k people

In 2020, there were 2.14 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (350k people) in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 163k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 42k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.1% of the people in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC are hispanic (70.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for North Carolina.
Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    224,275 ± 11,501 people
  2. India
    74,765 ± 6,689 people
  3. Honduras
    37,815 ± 4,766 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 224,275 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 74,765 and Honduras with 37,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

11.6%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
73.8k people
11.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
73.6k people

As of 2020, 11.6% of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC residents (73.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC was 11.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    9,291 ± 725
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    5,714 ± 644
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,034 ± 548

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC employs 317k people. The largest industries in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (55,032 people), Educational Services (49,401 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (32,514 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,438), Finance & Insurance ($66,881), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,306).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,357. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

317k
2020 Value
± 4,975
0.492%
1 Year growth
± 2.09%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC grew at a rate of 0.492%, from 315k employees to 317k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, are Management Occupations (35,924 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (29,842 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (28,117 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in North Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

317k
2020 Value
± 4,975
0.492%
1 Year growth
± 2.09%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC grew at a rate of 0.492%, from 315k employees to 317k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (55,032 people), Educational Services (49,401 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (32,514 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, though some of these residents may live in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$44,065
Median earning men ± $914
$36,437
Median earning women ± $885

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,796), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($65,004), and Information ($63,081).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Information ($51,837), Public Administration ($51,457), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($49,583).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 5,874
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,520
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 2,594
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $12.1M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $5.14M
    Manufacturing
  3. $5.1M
    Wholesale Trade

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $53.9B
  2. $49B
  3. $48.7B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $53.9B, followed by Machinery ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($48.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$488B
2020 Value in North Carolina
$926B
Projected 2050 Value in North Carolina
89.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $488B. This is expected to increase 89.6% to $926B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $35.1B
  2. $27B
  3. $18.5B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $35.1B, followed by Virginia with $27B and Georgia and $18.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC awarded 20,486 degrees. The student population of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 24,538 male students and 36,313 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC are White (10,257 and 57.1%), followed by Black or African American (2,914 and 16.2%), Asian (1,974 and 11%), and Hispanic or Latino (1,412 and 7.86%).

The largest universities in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9,964 and 48.6%), Duke University (6,971 and 34%), and North Carolina Central University (1,761 and 8.6%).

The most popular majors in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC are General Business Administration & Management (2,164 and 10.6%), Computer Science (815 and 3.98%), and General Biological Sciences (758 and 3.7%).

The median tuition costs in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC are $55,880 for private four year colleges, and $5,374 and $25,317 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 22.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 36.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 60,851 (40.3% men and 59.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 60,851 students enrolled in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, 40.3% men and 59.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 28,128 records, of which 58.2% were women and 41.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 744 degree-majors awarded
  2. 718 degree-majors awarded
  3. 568 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC was General Biological Sciences with 744 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,964 degrees awarded
  2. 6,971 degrees awarded
  3. 1,761 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 9,964 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 8,635 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, which is 0.729 times less than the 11,851 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 10,257 degrees mean that there were 3.52 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,914 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($55,880) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,431) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,625) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.849% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.733% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (2.14M), Some college (1.89M), and Bachelors Degree (1.54M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC was $245,100 in 2020, which is 1.07 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $226,100 to $245,100, a 8.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC is 62.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC have an average commute time of 24.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC is $64,745. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $83,567, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $82,557 and $74,803.

Property

$245,100
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,345
$157,910
Median Property Taxes
±$3,067

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Durham-Chapel Hill, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

62.9%
Homeownership
2020
68%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 62.9% of the housing units in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $83,567, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $82,557 and $74,803.

The following map shows all of the counties in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$64,745
Median Household Income
± $1,243
251k
Number of Households
± 4,254

In 2020, the median household income of the 251k households in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC grew to $64,745 from the previous year's value of $62,289.

The following chart displays the households in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Durham-Chapel Hill, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2020 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.395% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (75.3%)
  2. Carpooled (9.28%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.34%)

In 2018, 75.3% of workers in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.28%) and those who worked at home (6.34%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

24.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC have a shorter commute time (24.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.53% of the workforce in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (79.8k out of 606k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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89.9% of the population of Durham-Chapel Hill, NC has health coverage, with 51.7% on employee plans, 12.2% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.07% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in North Carolina was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see 1405 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% decrease from the previous year (1412 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1718 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 389 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in North Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,405 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in North Carolina

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,405 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% decrease from the previous year (1,412 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.4% under 18 years, 24.2% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.5% were men and 53.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

10.1%
Uninsured
51.7%
Employer Coverage
12.2%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
1.07%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC declined by 2.19% from 10.3% to 10.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Durham-Chapel Hill, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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